I’m 24, and I’ve always seemed to have good luck with online dating.I’ve met lots of people that way, including my last two boyfriends and a lot of now-close friends.
But since other people do, remember this other pet theory of mine: your date will most likely be 20% worse looking than his/her best photo. For what it’s worth, I have used professional photographers three different times, and each time, it’s made a marked difference in my visibility and response rate.
I didn’t do any Photoshop to get rid of wrinkles, and I wasn’t wearing black and hiding behind a file cabinet to obscure my weight. Remember, these photos are intended to represent you at your BEST, not to fool people into thinking you’re someone that you’re not.
After all, a first Internet date is generally a casual daytime meetup, so I wouldn’t be sporting a nice hairstyle or tons of makeup, nor would I be posing under rosy, forgiving lights.
I’m really quite interested in trying to figure out why you’re going through a dry spell, but that wasn’t your primary question. Anyway, here’s my theory on professional photography: Due to the enormous competition, you want to maximize your chance of getting a first date.
Using Photoshop, a pro can take a casual picture and quickly turn it into a professional one by changing the background. You're also setting them up to be attracted to your friend instead of you.